Make This Holiday Weekend BBQ Time!

Burgers, Sausages, Rolls and Strawberries

So here we are, end of May and the holiday weekend. No matter what the weather time for an impromptu BBQ.

You don't have to travel far to get all you need. As usual we have sausages in the chiller and now in the freezer you will find chicken to make your kebabs with and beef burgers made by the local butcher in Thrapston, H Johnson

We will have our usual supply of soft rolls – remember we will not get fresh supplies on the holiday Monday so better stock up in advance – and we always carry the fresh basics to put a salad together.

Fresh strawberries from Lutton Farm, meringues, shortbread and cream will make the perfect dessert. And to wash it all down we have soft drinks, a good range of wines and local beers.

Keep the car on the drive and just stroll down to the village shop for all you need for a great holiday feast.

Strawberry Time!

New season crop arrives at TVS

Oh the taste of English strawberries- a true sign that summer is on its way, and now they have arrived in their full glory at the village shop. 

What could be better than to enjoy these wonderful fruits accompanied by a glass of something chilled and sparkling (also available at the shop) – who needs Wimbledon!

We have a regular supply throughout the season coming from Lutton Farm and to make a really special dessert we are now stocking a range of flavoured meringues and meringue baskets as well as our usual lines of shortbread and double cream.

Alternatively for a simple but extravagant pleasure – just melt a bar of your favourite chocolate and dip your strawberry in……… wonderful!!

Mary Berry Comes to TVS


Well no, not actually Mary Berry but we are now stocking her brand of Hollandaise Sauce, Salad Dressing and Ceasar Salad dressing.

The Hollandaise has arrived just in time for you to pair with the wonderful fresh asparagus we are selling and the other dressings will be a great accompaniment to those summer salads you serve with your BBQ – lots of flavour but no hassle in the kitchen!

Pop into the shop over the Bank Holiday weekend to see what else we have in the way of holiday treats!


Farewell to Helen

Special Thanks to a Longstanding Shop Volunteer

The shop was sad to say goodbye to  one of it's longstanding volunteers Mrs Helen Mynors who has been with the shop for nearly nine years covering a four hour shift every Monday.

Liz Knivett very kindly hosted an afternoon Tea party in her conservatory to which current volunteers were invited to say goodbye.

There was an array of wonderful Quiches and Cakes baked specially for the occasion by said volunteers.

Helen was presented with a bouquet on behalf of the shop committee and a collection from her friends bought a generous amount of John Lewis vouchers.

Bank Holiday Monday

TVS Opening Hours

TVS will be open on Bank Holiday Monday from 8.00am closing at 11.00am.

If you are entertaining over the holiday weekend you might like to try out our new range of cakes made by Real Norfolk and The Great British Cake Company. We have only had these in stock for a few days but they are already proving to be very popular.

Of course usual supplies such as milk and eggs will be available as well as locally grown asparagus.

New Treats to Try

TVS introduces new ranges

While keeping all our usual stock items we have decided to add a few new ranges to delight the tastebuds whilst ensuring they will not be hard on the wallet!

New to our wine selection are three English wines produced by Broadland Wineries in Norwich .We have a red, white and rose at just £5.50 per bottle from their Three Mills Reserve range. 

Cakes from the Real Norfolk Company are Mixed Fruit and Apple and Cinnamon. We have also introduced a few items from the Shire Foods range, including Large Oats (for those who like a hearty breakfast or flapjacks with a bit of bite!)

Do come in to see what else is new – and when you have tried them let us know what you think.

Village Shop Vandalised

Break-In Attempt Hours After Police Give Titchmarsh Glowing Report!

At last night's Annual Parish Meeting, local bobby PC Paul Minchinson, praised Titchmarsh for our can-do attitude and sense of community. The village, he said, has one of the lowest rates of crime in the region. We have as many incidents in a year as some local towns experience in a single night. He was particularly impressed with our Facebook page and encouraged villagers to use it more often to report incidents and anti-social behaviour. Our vigilance continues to play a vital role in helping the police prevent and solve local crimes.

So consider the sense of incredulity when,  just a few short hours after hearing this glowing report, the village is stunned by a new and senseless act of vandalism. Last night a rock was thrown at the front windows of the village shop. Thankfully the glass is laminated, so even though the top layer shattered a second toughened sheet remained undamaged. If this was an attempt to gain entry to the premises the would-be thief was out of luck.

Note: Even if they had managed to break in, the notoriously loud alarm (which detects any movement inside the shop) would have alerted local residents.

This is a sad and disappointing episode. However, those of us who were at last night's APM will find some solace in the words of the police. This is a great little community with bags of good spirit and our collective can-do attitude is something to be proud of.

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PC Paul Minchinson
PC Paul Minchinson

Regional Foods

TVS supports local producers

Having introduced Wessex Flour Mills products just before Easter I thought it would be good to highlight just some of the other regional produce at your local village shop.

On the shelves we have some of the Mellow Yellow range produced in Northamptonshire from locally grown rapeseed. We stock cold pressed rapeseed oil, classic viniagrette, mayonaisse and garlic mayonnaise.

Produced even more locally sourced is Titchwincle raw honey – I am sure you can guess where that comes from!

In the freezer you will find chicken, mince and home made pies supplied by H Johnson the local Thrapston butcher. Moving on to the chiller cabinet we stock a wide range of Meah's curry sauces (company based in Luton) and also from Grasmere Farm in South Lincolnshire bacon, ham, sausages, pork pies and sausage rolls.

All small family run companies providing high quality produce.

Do come into the shop and take a look.